When I needed to replace my Blackberry in the fall of 2010, I opted for an Android device. I am a Verizon customer and they had not added the iPhone to their service yet. I know many people at that time that also got Android devices and we all seemed to love them for a good six months. I started having random issues with the phone, but eventually figured I would deal with my phone until I was able to get an upgrade, which wasn’t for more than a year.
The time to switch to an iPhone came in mid-May when I called Verizon and sweetly begged for an early upgrade. My camera, alarm, and ringer started becoming temperamental and I was missing calls and texts and the alarm wouldn’t go off in the morning. The wonderful representative on the other end of the phone put through the early upgrade and a few days later, the iPhone arrived at my door step.
I initially figured a smartphone was a smartphone, but that is just not the case. I really like the iPhone. There are some more apps available for the iPhone that I find useful, I find it easier to read an article from Twitter or Facebook and just go back to my feeds after reading, and I actually find it more user-friendly. I also love that I can listen to my iTunes music anywhere, which came in handy when the fall semester started. No more archaic iPod Nano that screams 2006 for me! I also find Siri to be an incredibly useful tool. I never really mastered any voice controls on the Android, but Siri makes this easy, particularly when paired with a Bluetooth ear piece and I need to call home while in the car.
There is a new app for Android called “Robin”, which is supposed to be a Siri competitor. My husband has an Android device for work, so he tried to use this app to compare the two and Robin lacks quite a bit. Robin couldn’t find us a local pizza place and couldn’t seem to recognize that we were in Salem, Massachusetts. She kept trying to send us to Salem, Oregon. I think the Robin app needs to some work to really be considered a competitor for Siri.
iMessage is also a great feature. Being able to message any other iPhone/iTouch/iPad user without the texts going against my texting plan is great. iCloud is also great, as is the “Find My iPhone” app. I haven’t had to use the “Find My iPhone” app yet, but I know people who have and it’s very convenient. I also love knowing that if something happens to my phone and it needs to be replaced, as long as it’s synced with iTunes, I can easily get all my apps and music on it. I can also easily get photos from my iPhone onto my computer. I never quite figured out how to do that with my Android.
All in all, I really like the iPhone better. Do you have an iPhone or an Android device? Do you have a preference?